I’m a Mom

The scent of bleach and Pine-Sol dance atop her wood floors, while fresh lines from the vacuum simultaneously decorate the carpet. The entire scene is enhanced by the smell of the freshly lit candle, now flickering away, Signifying that the school bus would soon appear and her morning job would be complete. Her afternoon work … Continue reading I’m a Mom

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I’m Going to Miss This

In his hit song, “You're Gonna Miss This,” Trace Adkins sings to a young woman who appears to be rushing through each stage of life. Barely a newlywed, she already has a plan mapped out for her and her husband to buy their first home. To this, Adkins advises her to slow down, as she … Continue reading I’m Going to Miss This

He Has A Dad

I wasn't naive, I knew the separation and eventual divorce would be difficult. I knew the hurt, anger, sadness, shock, denial, and disappointment of our failures would get the best of us, at least during the early stages. From Day One, I was right. You were awful, I was awful, some less than supportive family and … Continue reading He Has A Dad

What Happens to Mom When the Kids Grow Up?

"In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life" - Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard While many women dread milestone birthdays and the inevitable aging that comes with another passing year, I am not usually one of these women. Admittedly, my twenties were quite difficult for me. Though … Continue reading What Happens to Mom When the Kids Grow Up?

Photo Challenge Temporary

Pingback: https://www.happinessandfood.com/childhood/   There was a time that he wouldn't sleep without the security of me snuggled up next to him... A naive first-time-mom I believed those days would last forever... These days, when he climbs into our bed and peacefully drifts off to the Land of Dreams with his arms wrapped around me, I lay … Continue reading Photo Challenge Temporary

Our Family Is Interfaith and Better For It

*This piece originally appeared on Parent Co. (Parent.com: https://www.parent.com/our-family-is-interfaith-and-better-for-it/) I was raised in a traditional Irish Catholic family in a suburb about 25 minutes South of Boston. As a young girl, I attended church most weekends with one set of grandparents or the other. When I became a teenager, our dad had a rule that we either … Continue reading Our Family Is Interfaith and Better For It

My Child Isn’t Perfect, But Here’s What I’ve Learned From Him

  This piece originally appeared on HavingTime.com My Child Isn’t Perfect, But Here’s What I’ve Learned From Him Last weekend my son and I joined my parents', my grandmother, and my sister's family in the White Mountains for our annual Fall weekend getaway. Our family has been partaking in this tradition for over a decade, … Continue reading My Child Isn’t Perfect, But Here’s What I’ve Learned From Him

Sheer Determination

Pingback: Terrified, I tentatively face the unknown, realizing there is no more me Forevermore my thoughts and actions will concern the well-being of we, Weakness, hesitation, nor fear can stop me. You will always know the fight I fought for you, The unconditional love I have for you is found but far and few. To … Continue reading Sheer Determination

On Being a Normal Mom and Why I’m Okay With Not Being One

Today a friend of mine was published for the first time. She was beyond excited, and her piece was a well-written, insightful, and inspiring one about her struggle to find and define herself and the unique quirks that make her the awesome person she is, while still "fitting in" with all of the other moms … Continue reading On Being a Normal Mom and Why I’m Okay With Not Being One

Memories of Sweet Haze

Daily Prompt: Memory on the Menu Pingback: https://flowersandbreezes.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/my-memories/ Memories have long fascinated me. A huge source of comfort to me, it never ceases to amaze me how seemingly mundane things like songs and smells can immediately transport me back in time to experience a memory. Today's question asks us, "which memories are better - the recent and … Continue reading Memories of Sweet Haze